Jonathan Cadotte's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Major Spoilers Reviews: 79
7.0Avg. Review Rating

6.3
20XX #4

May 30, 2020

20XX #4 manages to carry on the ongoing plot effectively, while also having a moment of it's own to set this specific issue apart from the others.

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5.3
Amazing Mary Jane (2019) #1

Oct 25, 2019

The Amazing Mary Jane #1 spends more time establishing a fun scenario rather than actually utilizing that scenario to make a good story.

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6
Aquaman (2016) #51

Aug 24, 2019

Aquaman #51 is a quiet, inoffensive issue that ends with a bang that introduces the next strife and drama for the characters involved.

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7.3
Backtrack #1

Feb 8, 2020

Backtrack #1 is a decent read that manages to introduce a nice twist to a familiar setup. Also, the artwork does a good job silently setting up character traits, even if they aren't very original or fun.

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4
Backtrack #2

Mar 18, 2020

Backtrack #2 manages to take a fun and goofy setup that could be a good, cheesy romp and drowns it in cliches, weird dialog, and confusing action sequences.

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4.7
Batman: The Adventures Continue #3

May 8, 2020

While this manages to capture the feel of the animated series, it doesn't capture the feel of one of the better episodes. This comic just lacks content. The fight with Clayface was fun, but after that, this issue just meanders as all the various characters comment on Deathstroke, or are Deathstroke not being very subtle.

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4.7
Billionaire Island #1

Mar 7, 2020

I imagine there will be someone out there who enjoys Billionaire's Island #1. Also, there's always a chance that the series will improve as it goes. But, there's just not much to enjoy here in the first issue.

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6
Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #2

Oct 18, 2019

Black Panther and The Agents of Wakanda #2 is a no frills book that isn't trying to do too much. But, what it does try to do it does competently. If you just want to see some superheroes fight and have a bit of an adventure then take a glance at this issue.

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7
Bliss (2020) #1

Jul 26, 2020

There's something going on with this book that I can't quite put my finger on yet. While the plot here in the first issue isn't going to blow anyone away, there's enough going on around the peripherals, especially visually, that I think it deserves a few more issues to see where it goes.

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7
Canopus #1

Feb 20, 2020

Some of the setup in Canopus #1 will come off as familiar and even well-tread. The parts in this issue that are unique though, make up for those cliched aspects.

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7.3
Contagion #1

Oct 5, 2019

Contagion #1 has a specific tone that may not appeal to everyone, but has enough in it that it should be at least entertaining to a lot of people, even if it's a shallow story.

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7.7
Cut Man #1

Apr 10, 2020

Cut Man #1 is a good introduction to a series that has a well constructed hook that is also elevated by exceptionally executed interiors and colorwork.

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8
Cut Man #2

Aug 1, 2020

Cut-Man #2 does exactly what a #2 needs to do. It took the seeds from the first issue and nurtured them with subtle character development to polish up the players before really pushing them deep into a lot of action or plot. While not a lot happens in this issue, there's a much better sense of who Hank is, who Rosalind is, even who Laurel is. It's Hank's character development in particular that reveals this series to be more psychological than it originally came off, in a good way.

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7
Daredevil (2019) #11

Sep 14, 2019

Daredevil #11 is melodramatic in the best ways. At times it comes off as overwrought and a little cheesy, but it feels intentional. The story that's being told here is supposed to be an over-the-top drama and the way all the different stories are intertwining creates a greater than the sum of its parts, situation.

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6.3
Dark Nights: Death Metal #2

Jul 19, 2020

Dark Nights: Death Metal #2 has plenty of things going on that look interesting, but so much of it lacks context or doesn't mesh well with each other. This feels like a book that will be better when read with more of the series.

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10
Decorum #1

Mar 13, 2020

Decorum #1 is a powerhouse of a comic book. Intriguing plots, a wonderfully established new universe, and dynamite artwork makes it one of the best first issues in a long time.

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9.3
Decorum #2

Jun 12, 2020

Believe it or not, there is a way to make comic books confusing and enjoyable because of it. The trick is to offer an easily understandable path for the characters, but then obscure the details and periphery. That's what's going on here in Decorum #2. There's plenty of questions that still need answers, and there's a lot of little things about the universe that don't make a ton of sense, but the story that is pushing the characters' actions is solid enough to ground yourself in.

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7
Devil's Highway #1

Jul 5, 2020

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7.3
Doctor Doom (2019) #2

Nov 9, 2019

There's some nice parts in Doctor Doom #2, but also some not so great parts. If you want to see a more humanizing take on the classic villain with some real human drama, this book has you covered. If you want a well structured, intricate plot, maybe look elsewhere.

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9
Doctor Doom (2019) #4

Jan 4, 2020

Doctor Doom #4 somehow manages to be an issue long philosophical debate hidden behind an issue long fight/action sequence. This issue, like the rest of the series, is a great example of how neither intelligence nor action need to be sacrificed and can coexist in this medium.

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8
Doctor Strange (2018) #3

Feb 12, 2020

Doctor Strange #3 is a well made comic in both writing and art. Unfortunately the squandering of a new villain puts a damper on the whole proceedings.

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6
Dying Is Easy #2

Jan 10, 2020

Dying Is Easy #2 has some pretty decent art and color work. But it's just not enough to overcome the plot and dialog. In a rare misstep by Joe Hill and Marin Simmonds, this comic is just not very good.

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8
Excalibur (2019) #1

Oct 31, 2019

While Excalibur #1 does come off a little as simply "How do the mutants now deal with magic" there's a deeper family drama brewing. One that touches on the themes that have been paramount to the x-books as a whole.

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7.3
Fallen Angels (2019) #1

Nov 16, 2019

If you're committed to reading the entire Dawn of X lineup then you definitely don't want to miss this. Also, the artwork is great and can carry this issue on it's own. There are some elements that need time to develop, but as of right now Fallen Angel #1 isn't blowing anyone away, storywise.

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9.3
Far Sector #1

Nov 14, 2019

Far Sector #1 is a meticulously crafted comic book that is full of personality, a strong sense of intrigue and mystery, with gorgeous art and design. Potential readers shouldn't let the Green Lantern aspect scare them off, this stands on its own.

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7
Far Sector #2

Dec 14, 2019

If you're already invested in this series and intend to see it through, this is a good and important issue. But it doesn't stand up on its own and just isn't very entertaining on its own.

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10
Far Sector #3

Jan 25, 2020

Far Sector #3 is a powerfully written issue that succeeds at being a social commentary, sci-fi story, and visually impressive. This issue should make any reader excited for what's coming with this series.

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7.7
Far Sector #4

Feb 29, 2020

Far Sector #4 has an overabundance of stellar interactions between characters. It's these scenes that more than make up for the questionable tinkering with the green lantern powerset.

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7
Far Sector #5

Mar 27, 2020

Far Sector #5 reads more like an info dump about the main character and the setting rather than a continuation of the ongoing plot in an otherwise good series.

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8
Friday #1

Apr 17, 2020

Friday #1 is a good opener to the series by clearly laying out it's premise and goals right on the table, even at the risk of coming off as a bit heavy handed at times. And even if the mystery genre isn't your thing, the book is nice to look at.

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6.3
Green Lantern (2018): Season Two #1

Feb 16, 2020

The Green Lantern: Season 2 #1 does not work well as a stand alone comic book. But, it does work well as a season premier. Liam Sharpe's art is a mixed-bag that is at times stunning and at other times, busy and uncomfortable.

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6
Green Lantern (2018): Season Two #2

Mar 13, 2020

The Green Lantern: Season 2 #2 has some nice things going for it and some lovely scenes. It's unfortunately bogged down by the very gimmick that was thrown in to make it more interesting.

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8
Green Lantern (2018) #11

Sep 8, 2019

The Green Lantern #11 is a book that is trying to do a lot of things all at the same time and for the most part manages to do it effectively. It's also the first time we're seeing just what creators like Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp can do with Green Lantern, a property that has been in a bit of a creative rut for awhile.

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5.7
Green Lantern (2018) Annual #1

Aug 1, 2019

There's just not enough here for anyone other than die-hard fans of The Green Lantern. It's not a bad book by any means, but there's no shaking the overbearing mediocreness of it all.

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6
Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red (2020) #3

Jul 11, 2020

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #3 is a barebones comic that has a fun premise and does some fun things with the history of Harley's redesigns, but there isn't much else here to make this a memorable comic.

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7
Hellions (2020) #1

Mar 30, 2020

Hellions #1 has a lot going for it past the whole "It's the X-Men but violent and mean" thing that's been advertised. There's a strong sense of humor and a good mixture of characters as well.

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2.5
Ignited #3

Aug 10, 2019

Ignited #3 wears its politics on its sleeve just like the rest of the series. By page 3 you know exactly where it stands on the divisive subject of mass shootings and gun control. That isn't a bad thing, but conveying this stance in simple and cheap ways does its message a disservice and doesn't make for a fun read.

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6.3
Incoming #1

Dec 27, 2019

Incoming #1 is little more than a recap of the most recent storylines going on in The Marvel Universe. It's nice to see all the art on display, but there isn't much story here.

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8.3
Knights Temporal #1

Aug 3, 2019

Knights Temporal #1 is a strong start for the series. This issue could be carried by the art along, but thankfully the story is fun as well. There's nothing too complicated about what's going on here and that's a good thing. This is the epitome of "Show don't tell".

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7.3
Knights Temporal #2

Aug 31, 2019

Knights Temporal #2 is an issue that seems to be more concerned with establishing larger overarching stakes, rather than telling a more concise tale that pushes the characters forward. Thankfully, at this point, those larger stakes are interesting and show a lot of potential in becoming an intricate and exciting story.

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7.3
Lois Lane (2019) #3

Sep 8, 2019

Lois Lane #3 still feels like a continuation to the love letter to journalism started in the first two issues of the series, but doesn't match the same tone as the story begins to shift to a more personal facet of the titular character.

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8
Lost on Planet Earth #1

May 22, 2020

Lost On Planet Earth #1 feels like a good first episode to a decent teen drama about self-discovery and personal fulfillment, plus there's aliens and spaceships.

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8
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #12

Feb 7, 2020

Plain and simple The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #12 is a comic book that will make you feel good. Some may find the ending a bit too happy and even convenient, but it's nice to see the hero just save the day sometimes.

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8
Marauders #2

Nov 25, 2019

Watching Kate Pryde's personal renaissance continue in Marauders #2 is a blast. Combine that with some interesting political maneuvering from Emma Frost and Sebastian Shaw and you have yourself a comic book that is fun and enjoyable on multiple levels.

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6
Marauders #6

Jan 24, 2020

Marauders #6 is a lackluster issue in an otherwise good series. It ultimately fails to live up to the standard set by the previous issues and wastes what could be a shocking moment by turning it into a cliche mustache-twirling villain monologue.

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8.7
Marked (2019) #1

Oct 21, 2019

The Marked #1 sets up a world that's based on a tried and true formula. But, manages to add just enough different elements to make this book feel fresh and exciting. Mostly solid artwork drives this issue home and makes it an entertaining book all around.

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4.7
Marvel 2099 (2019): Fantastic Four #1

Nov 21, 2019

With a plot that goes from uncompelling to mean spirited and strange art, there isn't much about Fantastic Four 2099 #1 to like.

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7.7
Ms. Marvel (2015) #6

Aug 27, 2019

Ms. Marvel has never shied away from complex situations, but rarely something so personal. Art issues aside, this story has been laid out, so far, in a way that feels understandable but also unique to this title.

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6.7
Ms. Marvel (2015) #7

Sep 21, 2019

The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #7 is an issue that continues the title's run of being pound for pound the best young readers comic book out there. It's unfortunately hampered by a lackluster threat that feels more like a distraction from a more interesting plotline than a compelling scenario itself.

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8
Nomen Omen #1

Oct 4, 2019

Nomen Omen #1 does an excellent job keeping the reader engaged with the story by utilizing shifting perspectives, an inclusive story, usage of color, and the addition of other media formats.

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8
Omni #1

Aug 19, 2019

Omni #1 is a good addition to the H1 imprint that introduces a new character that feels original.

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5.3
Outlawed (2020) #1

Mar 20, 2020

For the most part, Marvel's usage of it's younger characters has been very solid for years. Characters like Miles Morales and Kamala Khan have become well-known and popular. Which is why it's sad that the first event to really focus on them, so far is just a rehash of another event.

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7.7
Runaways (2017) #23

Aug 4, 2019

This issue nails the feeling that this team really is a family with all their own struggles but common goals. It is especially nice to see Victor getting the spotlight here and the maturity displayed in all the character interactions is refreshing.

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6.3
Sonata #5

Oct 12, 2019

Sonata #5 suffers from pacing issues throughout. The conversations go on for too long and the rescue at the end has no tension and is squeezed in as a quick way to wrap things up. The art remains top-notch though.

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6.7
Star (2020) #1

Jan 13, 2020

Star #1 suffers from having just too much untapped potential. There are some parts of this story that are good and show promise ultimately, the creators dropped the ball on an interesting premise.

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9.3
Strange Academy (2020) #1

Mar 5, 2020

Strange Academy #1 achieves something that not a lot of first issues can do: It manages to be appealing to both longtime readers and to people new to comics. A diverse cast of characters, a familiar setup, and bright, vivid art mixes here to create a book that has a little something for everyone.

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6
Strayed #2

Sep 20, 2019

Strayed #2 is carried by the premise of the series as a whole. This issue is utilitarian in the sense that it only seems to exist as a way to bridge the opening issue to a more interesting story on the horizon. With that being said, the issue is also saddled with an uninteresting antagonist, but is buoyed by a fun, adorable, astral projecting cat.

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9
Strayed #5

Dec 18, 2019

Strayed #5 is a beautiful book that brings the series to a satisfying conclusion. It even accomplishes something that only the best finales do: It makes up for some of the shortcomings of its previous chapters.

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1.7
Strikeforce (2019) #1

Sep 28, 2019

Strikeforce #1 is a particularly uninspired attempt at a particularly overdone and uninteresting type of book. A lack of chemistry between unlikable characters mixed with an uniteresting villain and a poorly defined threat makes for a title that just doesn't have a lot of appeal.

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9
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (2019) #4

Oct 19, 2019

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #4 isn't exactly for new readers, but it is a good place for current readers to get a better grasp on the series as a whole. It doesn't have quite as much zaniness as the rest of the series has had, but doesn't have any shortage in jokes and fun.

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6.3
Tarot (2020) #1

Jan 2, 2020

Tarot #1 is a good comic book, if you're looking for a good "heroes punching things, bad guys plotting" story. The dialog does a lot to diminish the shine of this, but doesn't completely ruin it.

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7.3
Tarot (2020) #2

Feb 1, 2020

Tarot #2 is a silly issue that still manages to be greater than the sum of its parts and is a pretty enjoyable read.

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6.3
Tarot (2020) #3

Feb 29, 2020

Tarot #3 has it's fair share of cool things to look at and enjoy, but ultimately doesn't do much of anything with these things.

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7
Tarot (2020) #4

Mar 25, 2020

Tarot #4 definitely prioritizes funness over storytelling but in a series that has taken the reader from Nazi Germany to an altern

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9
The Dreaming: Waking Hours (2020) #1

Aug 8, 2020

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 makes a good first impression by introducing a handful of likeable characters then immediately throwing them into fun situations. What's also nice is that this doesn't feel so tied to the rest of what's been going on with The Sandman Universe that a reader would feel put off or lost in what's going on.

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6
The End: Miles Morales #1

Jan 14, 2020

Miles Morales: The End #1 is a fine story, but the addition of Miles' death at the end and it being advertised as "the final Miles Morales story" makes this feel like a shallow attempt to cash in on sentimentality that just isn't earned in these pages.

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6.3
The End: Captain Marvel #1

Jan 31, 2020

Captain Marvel: The End #1 is a strong ending for the character. Unfortunately it's propped up on lazy, and emotionally manipulative story beats and cameos.

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6
The Osiris Path #1

May 15, 2020

The Osiris Path #1 is the sort of fun story that will feel familiar to most, but a lack of strong characters drags it down.

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6
The Plot #2

Nov 1, 2019

The creepy stuff looked creepy and it gave me the creeps, mission accomplished. Past that though I can't say that I'm enjoying how the story is unfolding. It's like looking at something through a sheer curtain: There's something there, but it's frustratingly obscured.

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9
The White Trees #1

Aug 16, 2019

A strong piece of storytelling that not only tells a tragic, personal story, but also lays the groundwork for a whole world. Solid art paired with gorgeous colors.

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9.3
The White Trees #2

Sep 28, 2019

White Trees #2 is a bittersweet tale that lingers after the final panel is read. It really is stunning how well crafted the series as a whole feels with there being only two issues.

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6
Transformers vs. Terminator #2

Jun 27, 2020

Transformers Vs. The Terminator #2 is a basic story of Autobots Vs. Decepticons. The inclusion of The Terminator feels more like just a little wrinkle in that fight as the Terminator here doesn't feel like the T-800 at all.

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9
Undiscovered Country #1

Nov 7, 2019

Scott Snyder claims that this is a passion project for him and Charles Soule and so far, it shows. Couple that with art and colors by a trio of truly talented artists and you have the making for a great issue and the beginning of what could be a brilliant series.

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9
Undiscovered Country #2

Dec 12, 2019

There's a lot to like about Undiscovered Country #2. The writing is top-notch and the artwork is intricate and enjoyable to look at. The only thing that someone might not like is the large and ambitious scope being established in this issue.

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6.3
Van Helsing vs. Dracula's Daughter #1

Aug 14, 2019

The plot is paint by numbers, but a fun main character, good art, and just enough cheesiness makes this a fun read regardless.

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5.3
Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace (2020) #1

Apr 24, 2020

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #1 feels like a Ford Fiesta. It's not terrible, but it's clear it's designed to be economical. The inclusion of Harley Quinn makes for some quick laughs, but not much more.

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9
Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #2

Feb 21, 2020

Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #2 is a must-read for any Wonder Woman fan, as well as fans of sword and sorcery books, as well as fans of emotionally engaging tales.

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7
Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #3

Jun 19, 2020

You can purchase this issue via comiXology

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4
Yondu (2019) #2

Nov 30, 2019

Yondu #2 is a misstep in almost every way. It does nothing to make the unlikeable title character appealing. The way it treats its female character is troubling, and the art is hit or miss at best.

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